Our nationally recognized physician assistant program will give you both the modern skills to be an indispensable member of a health care team and the cultural awareness necessary to effectively treat diverse populations.

By the Numbers

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Nationally Renowned

U.S. News and World Report ranks the physician assistant program as No. 1 in Connecticut, and No. 15 in America — which puts the program among the top 10% of ranked programs in the country (2020).


Success Rate

All of our graduates are either working or in a secondary education program seven months after graduation (2019 Quinnipiac physician assistant graduate employment survey).

Mission, Policies and Certifying Exam Scores

Mission, Vision, Core Values and Goals

Our vision is to create a physician assistant workforce that provides high-quality, affordable health care that is accessible to all people in all settings by fostering teamwork, critical-thinking skills, high ethical and professional standards, and respect for diverse populations.

Service Work Policy

Due to the labor and time intensive nature of the Physician Assistant program, students are strongly discouraged from working while enrolled in the program.

Technical Standards

Physician assistant students must be able to meet the requirements and worker attributes of a physician assistant as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration’s Occupational Information Network (O*NET) Handbook. 

Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) Scores

The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants is the only certifying organization for physician assistants in the United States. 

Below is the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination Five-Year First-Time Taker Summary Report.

Class graduation year

Number of first-time takers

Program first-time taker pass rate

National first-time taker pass rate for the class graduation year





















Five-year, first-time taker average pass rate for program: 99.2%

Five-year, national first-time taker average: 96%

Career Development

Career development is paramount to a Quinnipiac education

We provide extensive resources to give you your best chance at career success. Our resources complement your classroom study and experiential work to create a unique combination that is sure to provide you with a competitive advantage.

7000+ Professional contacts and hundreds of job and internship opportunities are available to current students, recent graduates and experienced alumni through the Quinnipiac University Career Connections online job portal.

Alumni Spotlight: Delilah Dominguez, MHS ’20

Shining as a scholar and leader

Just days after Delilah Dominguez, MHS ’20, was selected as the national Student of the Year by the American Academy of Physician Assistants, she was lauded as the catalyst for a Quinnipiac webinar during the spring of 2020 about health care disparity.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, who took part in the webinar at the invitation of Dominguez, vowed to keep pushing for equal access to health care in America, including free COVID-19 testing. The senator addressed nearly 300 people during the event.

“I hope this discussion excites and inspires everyone to become more involved in advocacy,” said Dominguez. “We all have more power than we think, especially when we exercise our rights as citizens.”

Delilah Dominguez, MHS ’20,  wearing her white coat and stethoscope

Emphasizing advocacy

Delilah Dominguez, MHS ’20, lauded as the catalyst for a Quinnipiac webinar that she said she hoped would excite and inspire people to become more involved in advocacy.

It was precisely this mindset that helped Dominguez earn national Student of the Year honors from the AAPA, a professional organization that represents nearly 140,000 members.

The award recognized Dominguez for her academic achievement, her professional development as a two-term member of the AAPA’s House of Delegates and her deep commitment to helping others in need.

“This award is humbling,” Dominguez said. “It represents the culmination of years of hard work and perseverance despite many hardships.”

In the wake of losing her mother and grandmother in 2011 — “my two dearest matriarchs,” as she calls them — Dominguez credits Quinnipiac’s physician assistant program for helping her develop the voice and leadership skills to address the AAPA’s House of Delegates.

“Now, I have a much better sense of what’s going on in the profession,” she said. “I spoke on the House floor about increasing diversity in the profession. To be heard on a national stage like that, I had a moment there thinking about my mom and grandmother. They would’ve told everyone about it. They would’ve been so proud.”

Unique Approach

Here, you’ll learn by doing

We deliver a set of market-tested learning outcomes specifically focused on preparing our graduates for career success. Practice and theory aren’t just integrated. They’re integral to how we do things differently.

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Our Faculty

Faculty dedicated to student success

Quinnipiac’s School of Health Sciences professors are committed to the personal and professional success of every student. While passionate scholars and accomplished in their own fields, teaching is the number one priority. Small class sizes, accessible professors and a close-knit community create the kind of supporting, enriching environment that is rare. We are personally invested in seeking ways to help our students develop into strong, certified, leading professionals.

Curriculum and Requirements

MHS Physician Assistant Program of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Summer SemesterCredits
PY 501 Human Physiology 4
PY 503 Principles of Interviewing 3
PY 507 Principles of Electrocardiography 1
PY 508 Diagnostic Methods I 2
PY 515 Clinical Pathology 3
PY 519 Human Anatomy 3
PY 519L Human Anatomy Lab 1
Fall Semester
PY 505 Clinical Pharmacology I 2
PY 506 Principles of Internal Medicine 6
PY 514 Diagnostic Methods II 1
PY 518 Physical Diagnosis 3
PY 518L Physical Diagnosis Lab 1
PY 520L Clinical Decision Making 1
PY 572 Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 3
Spring Semester
PY 504 History, Roles and Responsibilities of the PA 1
PY 509 Principles of Obstetrics and Gynecology 3
PY 510 Principles of Pediatrics 3
PY 511 Principles of Surgery and Emergency Medicine 4
PY 512 Psychosocial Issues in Health Care 2
PY 513 Behavioral Medicine 3
PY 516 Clinical Pharmacology II 2
Second Year
Summer Semester
PY 526 Principles of Epidemiology 3
PY 536 Biostatistics 3
PY 548 Ethics in Health Care Delivery I 2
PY 650 Medical Writing Workshop/Journal Club 1
Clinical Rotations  
PY 611 Clinical Residency I 3
PY 612 Clinical Residency II 3
PY 613 Clinical Residency III 3
PY 614 Clinical Residency IV 3
PY 615 Clinical Residency V 3
PY 616 Clinical Residency VI 3
PY 617 Clinical Residency VII 3
PY 618 Clinical Residency VIII 3
PY 619 Clinical Residency IX 3
Third Year
Summer Semester
PY 608 Graduate Seminar 3
PY 676 Comprehensive Examination 2
PY 648 Ethics/Health Care Delivery II 1
 Total Credits94

In addition to the intensive classroom study during the first year, students are introduced to the clinical application of their training by being paired with a graduate physician assistant or physician one half day a week. This is designed to facilitate application of the skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom setting to the care of the patient.

Requirements for Graduation

Upon successful completion of the 27-month Quinnipiac University Physician Assistant program, students are granted a Master of Health Science and a certificate of completion as a physician assistant. Students must meet all of the following requirements in 27 months:

  1. Satisfactory completion of the PA curriculum requirements (including academic, clinical, medical writing, clinical logging, professionalism and community service requirements).
  2. Satisfactory completion of the PA program core competencies and essential learning outcomes.
  3. Satisfactory completion of all PA course requirements.
  4. Satisfactory completion of the capstone comprehensive examination.
  5. A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Quinnipiac University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at the link below:

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be April 2023. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

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Awards and Recognition

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Military Friendly

Quinnipiac is recognized by VIQTORY as being the top Military Friendly school in America based on our investments in serving military and veteran students. We exceed their standards in academic policies, admissions and orientation process, our culture, financial aid assistance, graduate rates and retention.